Australian International School (AIS) Vietnam is delighted to welcome new Executive Principal, Ms Davina McCarthy.
Originally from the UK, Ms McCarthy is an experienced educator and leader who has spent over 11 years working in international schools.
With her career in education spanning 26 years, our new Executive Principal holds a Bachelor of Arts from United College London (UCL), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from UCL and a National Professional Qualification for Headship.
A Secondary trained English teacher and examiner, Ms McCarthy has also worked as an education consultant and within teacher training and professional development.
Internationally, Ms McCarthy has been an adviser in Abu Dhabi, working with principals on school improvement. She was subsequently principal of a large primary school in Kuwait.
Most recently, Ms McCarthy was the principal of a very successful K-13 international school in Kuala Lumpur for the past six years. She led their development from start-up to a large, highly reputable school, earning numerous accolades and achievements along the way, which include becoming Apple Distinguished School and shortlisting for the TES International School of the Year Award 2019.
Passionate about education, Ms McCarthy thrives on leading and building teams. She invests in people and is experienced in working with diverse communities and educational organisations in a global context. Focussing on academic results, student wellbeing and creating a positive school culture, our proactive new leader is innovative, inclusive, committed, and dedicated to learning and teaching.
“Australian International School already has a fabulous reputation, and I’m very excited to build on that success,” says Ms McCarthy. “It’s going to be an exciting year ahead, but there are also lots of challenges too, particularly with the world the way it is at the moment. But sometimes challenges can be turned into opportunities, so I think it’s going to be a good year for us all.”
Ms McCarthy has built an excellent understanding of education in the South East Asian context and particularly appreciates working in this region. She has four children, two grandchildren, loves to travel, and in her spare time can often be found enjoying two other passions – yoga and cookery.